By: David March, Training Officer, 2014
David Bridgman-Packer graduated last year with a major in Physics. When he was at Vassar, David was very involved with VCEMS and equipment officer his senior year. We caught up with David, who is working with Doctors Without Borders in New York City:
VCEMS: What made you decide to join VCEMS and what did you enjoy most?
David Bridgman-Packer: After my sophomore year at Vassar, I started to become interested in medicine, and I saw EMS as a first stepping stone into the field. It introduced me to practices, mindset, and personalities found in medicine, and it allowed me to break out of the passivity of academia to actively assist and engage with my community. My favorite memories involve working with the other EMTs, getting to know the Vassar security team, and making pancakes after late-night calls.
V: How has your experience volunteering with VCEMS influenced your current work or future career plans?
D: Working with VCEMS helped me to focus my interests in medicine and apply them while still in College. After graduating, I spent six months working in the outpatient clinics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. I am now working in the New York Office of Doctors Without Borders, and I will be starting medical school in the fall.
V: Any funny stories?
D: Well there was that one time that I got a call in the middle of the night and left my TA without pants. Most people think we sleep in our uniform.
V: Any words of alumni wisdom?
D: Keep your friends close when you leave Vassar. The real world can be big and intimidating. Everything is better when you have a supportive group of friends.
V: It would seem to have become a peculiar tradition of ours, so please, what’s your spirit animal?
V: Anything else you would like to add?
D: If you’re interested in medicine, global health, or New York City, I’m always available to talk about life after Vassar and the path toward medical school. You can find me on Facebook or get in touch with me through the exec board. VCEMS did a lot for me and I’d love to give back as much as I can.